So my bridal pics happened on Sunday. It was so fun! I got my hair done by my sister-in-law Penny who is my hairdresser. She did a great job! There was a little something about it that we might change for next time…but we’ll see.

My AMAZING photographer Braeden Rogers at Ambient 11 came to Hot Springs and we went all over taking some pictures. I love his eye for poses and backgrounds! I can’t wait until I get the proofs back! He took our engagement pictures too…see how good he is….

Hope you are having a great Monday! My day feels a little “off” probably because I have a week interrupted by wonderful weekends that are free from thought…so the jump back to classes is rough. Oh well….I’m off to work out and run some errands before class! Later!

I’ve Been Showered with So Many Blessings!

Wow what a day! I had an AMAZING shower and was just so blessed! I didn’t take a ton of pics with my camera (I was too busy talking and laughing and opening gifts…so more pics to come later) but here is what I can show you…

So many presents! 2 tables full! I got 7 of our 10 Fiesta place settings, lots of kitchen goodies (a blender, a waffle maker, punch bowls, pyrex…so much!), towels, and so much!
The chocolate fountain station…

The tables… a friend of the family who goes to church with us did all the decorating!
These little cards with our pictures on them were for people to leave us sweet words of wisdom…

Petit fours from Rick’s! I brought them all the way from Fayetteville to Hot Springs!

Ok, this cake looks like a black Barbie. She was really tan (probably a latino Barbie…because we asked for a brunette…but she lookes REALLY dark in this picture). Her dress looks JUST like my dress…

The day was so great! Then I got to hang out with these girls…some pledge sisters who came in for my shower! We went shopping and had dinner! So fun!

Tomorrow is my bridal portaits! Hope the rain stops!


I am so excited. My shower at my home church is tomorrow. It is going to be sooo wonderful! I already feel so blessed by all these great women in my life.

A bunch of my Tri Chi sisters are coming (well the ones that graduated, because the ones still there will be having Bid Day with all the new baby Tri Chis!) and I just can’t wait to hug all their necks!

Its not about the gifts, and those aren’t why I’m excited. I’m just so honored to have such a wonderful party in my honor! (and I mean, those gifts are so wonderful too! Its tiny glimpses into future life with Tyler!) We already received a couple wedding gifts from a professor of mine who is out of the country, and we got this HUGE Fiesta platter. I mean, its HUGE. 19″ wide huge. And it can go in the over. And Tyler looked at it and said “That’s the perfect nacho platter.” haha But then I got excited thinking about a good Sunday watching football and eating nachos off our wonderful platter. Life is good.

I am so blessed. I’ll have the pictures to prove it tomorrow!

Yummy Easy Crab Cakes

I made crab cakes for dinner last night. It was a new recipe and oh so good! I will share it…

2 cans of crab meat drained well (in the grocery store by the tuna, but usually on the top shelf)
1 egg
1 1/2 tablespoons of mayo (I used fat free)
1 tablespoon dijon or spicy brown mustard (I used spicy brown)
1/4-1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
Seasoned salt
2 tablespoons french friend onions crushed up(like the kind that goes on green been casserole)

Preheat oven to 400.

Beat egg with a hand mixer until frothy. Add in mayo and mustard. Pour over crab meat, add onions and seasoning. Add breadcrumbs until the mixture holds together. Depending on how much you drain your crab, it may take all of it. Ball them up (I made 4 smaller ones with mine…you could do 2 large). I dipped mine back into some bread crumbs for a crunchy coating. Its optional.

Lay on a greased baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden. Remove with a large spatula (they will try to hold on the pan). Enjoy!

PS. This comes from a healthy cooking cookbook and it says per serving (with the recipe making 2 servings) it has about 250 calories per serving. Not bad eh?